We have made a start on the first KOOCs (King’s Open Online Courses – for King’s students). The first approved KOOCs will be tailored to Bioscience Students on the themes of Academic Writing, Statistics and Ethics.
With this in mind we have designed a course structure to be followed by all courses, based on the learning design model: ICARE (Introduction, Connect, Apply, Reflect, Extend) -Hoffman and Ritchie, 1998- and inspired by other already familiar platforms such as FutureLearn or the Open University. This structure builds upon the familiarisation of the users with the system by reducing the learning curve and hopefully maintaining students motivation to learn (Tidwell, 2010). Continue reading →
I always thought that the main purpose of teaching is to increase understanding and encourage curiosity. To allow people to expand their cognitive and experiential horizons, realize their wants and needs and to ultimately bring the best out of themselves for the benefit of all. This is a quote from one of my favorite books: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D.Slinger:
“Education will give you an idea what size mind you have. You’ll have an idea what kind of thoughts your particular size mind should be wearing. You’ll begin to know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.” Continue reading →
As I offer an Introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning and talk with participants on the Preparing to Teach in HE (CPD Session) I am mindful of my own early ventures into teaching some 18 years ago. Indeed, I remember well and fondly my own experiences on such a course when I first joined the academy and started to teach.
At that time all I was really focused on was ‘fire-fighting’ and trying to understand the rules of teaching. How to answer a question I did not know the answer to, how to deal with late students, and, of course, (sticking with the fire metaphor), how to ignite in my soon-to-meet students the enthusiasm and passion for the discipline that I have?
I quickly became aware of the dual professional idea (interestingly something not over pushed at King’s) and the importance of having both a content and pedagogic knowledge.
For almost 30 years, the annual Bett show has offered a useful meeting point for everyone interested in how technology is transforming teaching and learning. For most of this time, however, a visit to Bett has been of far more relevance to people from the worlds of compulsory education and the FE sector than for representatives of higher education institutions. Continue reading →
Thanks to computers and communication technology, classrooms can include any physical or virtual space for formal learning. For educators and designers experienced with the physical classroom, however, virtual classrooms can be daunting. Continue reading →